Joss Whedon discusses The Avengers

Neither Kree or Skrulls will appear

The Avengers swoops into UK cinemas in just over a month and director Joss Whedon has been speaking about the amount of material he had to edit out of his final cut, as well as clarifying the situation with Loki’s army.

“There’s a lot of me that got cut out,” explains Whedon, "but I think part of the process in a situation like this is you make the movie, you make your movie, then you remove yourself out of the equation. You go, ‘you know what, the Avengers are more important than I am so these things that I’m obsessed with aren’t necessarily moving the story forward, and therefore they are baggage.’”

So will we ever get to see the stuff Whedon cut out of the movie? Well, possibly as deleted scenes, but not as part of a director’s cut…

“I believe very strongly in putting the director’s cut into the theatres,” says Whedon. “I believe that the director’s cut is the best movie for the studio and the best version of the movie for the audience. I’ve never really been in a situation where I had to pull the beating heart out of something that I did.”

As well as discussing the editing process, Whedon went on to talk a little more about Loki’s army, taking the opportunity to put rumours of the Skrulls to bed once and for all.

“It is not the Kree or the Skrulls,” he said. “Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous backstories. They have a big life of their own that just could not be contained in a film where I already had seven movie stars… The Skrulls - they can shape change. That’s a whole thing. I’ve already got Loki. He’s got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow - it’s a real juggling act.”

Frost Giants then, anyone? We’ll find out for sure when the film opens in the UK on 27 April 2012.

Who do you think Loki's army are? Speculate away, below.

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    • FBJRider

      Mar 12th 2012, 13:19

      It was obviously not Skrulls from the beginning. I mean those blurry shots we've all seen, quite clearly they were the wrong colour, wrong size, wore the wrong clothes, if it had have been the Skrulls there would have been major fan backlash that the studio had changed the Skrull so much. I'm pretty sure people just wanted it to be the Skrulls because it would be awesome but as Whedon said they have a back story that's way too big to put into this already enormous film.

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    • FBLGrainger

      Mar 12th 2012, 14:46

      I find it funny that he contradicts himself... "but I think part of the process in a situation like this is you make the movie, you make your movie, then you remove yourself out of the equation." wouldnt that be refering to "the directors cut"?...."“I believe that the director’s cut is the best movie for the studio and the best version of the movie for the audience"... I'm pretty sure these days THAT is called a Theatrical Cut?

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    • badger86

      Mar 12th 2012, 15:05

      @FBLGrainger He is not alone, Peter Jackson considers the versions of LOTR shown in cinemas to be his directors cut, the extended versions were for fans who wanted to see more of middle earth. In his opinion the best cut's (the directors cuts) of all three movies were the ones shown in theaters. I believe he states this on the introduction to the extended cut of fellowship.

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    • MadMatt

      Mar 13th 2012, 2:21

      I miss Joss' comb-over.

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    • alexr

      Mar 14th 2012, 17:04

      Yeah, but Joss has a habit of...well...not lying exactly, but not telling the complete truth about a subject. Didn't he once say (during the begining of season 5 - SPOILER) that Buffy wouldn't die? And then he killed her...and brought her back to life...? Just saying...

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